Try Now: A Big Beauty Night In

Sun, 2 December 2012 4:00PM

One thing I remember about beauty from my teenage years: it’s never only just about the makeup.

Beauty isn’t simply about how well you apply your lipstick, or if your eyeshadow matches your eye colour. It’s also about taking care of yourself. And sometimes we just need a little pampering to make ourselves look and feel better.

As we get older, we tend to forget about the importance of self-pampering and see it as a luxury some of us just can’t afford (at least not until our next payday).

But another thing I also remember from back in the day: the articles in my Dolly magazines about how to have a pampering night-in. Obviously, you were too young to go out and do anything else. But that’s beside my point…

So my advice to you, lovely Primpers, is to re-visit your teenagehood: take out those face masks, pop out the hair treatments, grab that foot scrub – and go nuts!

Throw on some lady tunes – my preference is Lana Del Rey, but if you want to go the full swing and belt out a bit of Shania Twain’s ‘Man! I Feel like a Woman’ – well, I say whatever floats your boat!

Now, grab a nice glass of wine (or Milo) and start your night of all-about-you.

For a smooth-flowing session, it’s best to do things in order of convenience. So start by taking all your make up off, and give your face a good cleanse with something gentle. I’ve been using Biore Skin Preservation Clean Things Up Nourishing Gel Cleanser, $16.99, from pharmacies. It’s very soft on the skin, it’s hypo-allergenic, and it doesn’t disturb your skin’s natural moisture balance. My face always feels so supple after I use it, it’s amaze.

Now, onto your face mask. There are many options to choose from; heated, cucumber, exfoliating, soothing, nourishing… I’ve gone for Apivita Express Beauty with Cereals Mask, $7.99, Adore Beauty. Because I have dry skin, this one nourishes and hydrates using valuable vitamins from wheat germ oil, oat and rice extracts, so it only enhances my skin’s pampered new softness.

If your hair is yelling out for some TLC, now is the time to lavish on a treatment, because you’ll save time by having two products on the go at once. Work your hair mask or oil through your lengths, leave it to do its thing for ten minutes, then jump into the shower (or bath if you’re feeling extra classy). Wipe the mask off with a gentle wet cloth in the warm water and shampoo out your hair treatment.

While I’m in the shower, I often like to do a full-body scrub-down – and this pamper night would be the perfect occasion for it, no? One that I cannot go past is Sportsgirl Scrub Up Exfoliating Body Scrub, $9.95, from Sportsgirl stores. It’s amazingly yummy-smelling, and works wonderfully to leave you feeling smooth and soft all over.

Okay, once you’ve rinsed off, hop out of your shower or bath. This is the best time to exfoliate your feet, because the heat of the water has softened the skin. Now I wear terrible shoes, so my feet are a bit rough around the edges (quite literally), so I go at my tootsies with one of those foot files. With a little time and elbow grease, feet are left feeling baby-soft.

Now, let’s leave our feet and return to the face, shall we? While your pores are still a little open, slather on moisturiser or oil for easier absorption. My pick: I’ve just started using Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Napoleon Complex Skin Renewal Serum, $79, 02 8595 0911, with its burst of vitamins, berry extracts, and good, happy stuff in general.

Next,spend some time also coating your whole body in a rich moisturiser. I’m talking feet/legs/arms/hands/booty/stomach/shoulders/back (if you can). Try Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula All Over Body Firming Lotion, $7.40, from pharmacies.

Lastly, you may want to end your pampering night with a movie, while wearing your fluffy dressing gown and giving yourself a lovely mani and pedi just to decorate your newly rejuvenated body.

Good for you, I say! You’ve earned it, and your body will thank you for it, too.

So, fellow Primpers, have I inspired you to spoil yourself?

What are you top tips and best buys when it comes to pampering?

And what’s on your pamper night playlist? Shania? Fess up!

– Rachel Ludinova

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  • Posted by: melg Master Fan // Sun, 2 December 2012 04:24pm

    Well guess what I’ll be doing tonight? haha

  • Posted by: Ina // Sun, 2 December 2012 05:07pm

    Great article! I actually had my beauty night yesterday since it was a quiet saturday night. I’ve been using the Beauty diary masks I bought in Singapore and Malaysia.

  • Posted by: leemurr Enthusiast // Sun, 2 December 2012 05:39pm

    Great article… beauty is a state of mind!

  • Posted by: leemurr Enthusiast // Sun, 2 December 2012 05:43pm

    I love a long hot bath with candles and essential oils and a nice glass of bubbly! Bliss.

  • Posted by: Gloss_Geek Master Fan // Sun, 2 December 2012 06:14pm

    I love nothing more than putting a face mask on my skin and listening to some music (also love lana del rey, maybe some spice girls as well!) and reading a good book on a sunday night.

  • Posted by: Gloss_Geek Master Fan // Sun, 2 December 2012 06:14pm

    I love nothing more than putting a face mask on my skin and listening to some music (also love lana del rey, maybe some spice girls as well!) and reading a good book on a sunday night.

  • Posted by: daylight dancer Master Fan // Sun, 2 December 2012 06:56pm

    Oh i wish i was into beauty when i was a teen. I’ll be encouraging my daughter to take care of her skin when she grows up.
    You’ve definately inspired me to amp up my pampering routine. I find Sunday nights are best. I use a skin vitals mask or use the avene soothing mask. Followed by a nice layer of rose hip oil. Skin always feels great after.

  • Posted by: misschris Master Fan // Sun, 2 December 2012 07:34pm

    I tend to do a pampering weekend as I’m too slack to do all that in one night, plus I get two nights of pampered goodness instead of one haha
    I wouldn’t put music on, but if I did it would probably be the killers.
    Ending the night with a movie like the notebook, the vow or the lucky one I think! Or even the proposal for some Ryan Reynolds peeving haha

  • Posted by: Tina-1291133452 Master Fan // Sun, 2 December 2012 10:09pm

    when i want to pamper myself i love to apply an expensive face mask.. light some candles, give myself a manicure/pedicurewhile watching a romantic movie :)

  • Posted by: Sparkles17 Master Fan // Mon, 3 December 2012 10:05am

    Love my Emergin C face masks and getting a foot soak, scrub and polish! Need to really spend more time pampering myself! cannot remember when I gave my hair an oil massage!

  • Posted by: Jensta Master Fan // Mon, 3 December 2012 10:30am

    I normally listen to one of the music channels on Fox when having a pamper night.
    Generally I love Clarins exfoliating wash, Dermalogica clay mask, Clarins moisture mask and then ANR. For my hair I use Moroccanoil moisture mask and PPS leave-in conditioner. I just recently bought a Palmers mask which was very reasonably priced, so I cant wait to try that.

  • Posted by: matty Enthusiast // Mon, 3 December 2012 12:26pm

    I love the Apivita range of masks. Sometimes there is nothing better than a bit of pampering at home.

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Mon, 3 December 2012 05:37pm

    great article

  • Posted by: strawbsundae Master Fan // Mon, 3 December 2012 08:04pm

    I adore L’Occitane bath products and MOR and Glasshouse Fragrances! Actually I love anything that smells delightful!

  • Posted by: glossed Master Fan // Mon, 3 December 2012 08:37pm

    I love having a good ol’ pamper session! Sometimes if I’m going out that night I’ll take the day to just relax and rejuvenate, scrub, shave, buff, polish, cleanse, treat, the whole shebang! Lovely article!

  • Posted by: bluebird Master Fan // Mon, 3 December 2012 08:44pm

    This has just inspired me to do some pampering tonight!
    I like using the good old fashioned eggwhite mask and adding some rolled oats and honey. I tend to prefer slathering some Burts Bees Coconut foot creme onto my heels then adding some cotton socks last thing at night so it can do it’s thing while Im asleep.

  • Posted by: p3charmed Master Fan // Tue, 4 December 2012 12:46pm

    I love this, having pampering sunday afternoons where its all facials, manicures, pedicures, and just top to toe bliss :)

  • Posted by: Isabelle // Tue, 4 December 2012 08:16pm

    I try to do this once a week! I always use a mask and hair oil however I am a bit slack in the body exfoliation department…

  • Posted by: marny // Tue, 4 December 2012 08:19pm

    I’m a teenager and I’m into skincare- I love a good face mask and I give myself a facial once a week

  • Posted by: DebstarDesigns Master Fan // Wed, 5 December 2012 03:26pm

    Funnily enough, a couple of girlfriends n I have planned a girly pampering night for the middle of January! I cannot wait :)

  • Posted by: lovefashionangel Master Fan // Fri, 7 December 2012 09:02pm

    Fluffy slippers and a foot spa is a necessity!

  • Posted by: Britty1 Master Fan // Wed, 12 December 2012 07:16pm

    im not really in to the DIY pampering stuff, its just not the same, i prefer to put $25 a week away of my pay then once a month treat myself to a facial. Its the cost of a weekly magazine, latte and few packets of gum – sop affordable when you think about it!!

  • Posted by: Its_Jess Master Fan // Thu, 13 December 2012 12:31pm

    I really want to do this after reading that post! Next week I’m having myself a night in! :)

  • Posted by: GorgeousEmeralds Master Fan // Fri, 14 December 2012 01:56pm

    To pamper myself I like a bath with lux soap, because of the lovely fragrance then I pamper my skin with masks, and cremes :)

  • Posted by: diva89 Master Fan // Thu, 30 May 2013 09:06pm

    im doing it tommorrow night 😀

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Fri, 21 June 2013 08:26pm

    Nothing beats a nice soak in the tub, a pamper facial, and giving my self the works. Hair removal, cleansing, exfoliating, self tan lotion, manicure and pedicure, these all make me feel good and would be on my pamper night playlist.

  • Posted by: talkalot Master Fan // Mon, 24 February 2014 08:34am

    This sounds like such a fabulous idea. Pamper, pamper and more pampering.


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